In the shade of a thought

The swish of purple leaves —
the tap of swinging plums —
the friction of time ticking by
on the pendulum tree. 

Shadows lengthen
past the noonday sun —
trees splay their canopies
on the ground —
growing back
to their roots. 

on the algae-
laden shells
of basking turtles 
which sit 
contently atop
a warped log
in a tepid pond.

The small talk
of bustling birds 
under a big sky.

In the tall grass
flicking its tongue
at convention —
a garter snake
slithers off
the beaten path. 

Paper birch
its flaking bark
the pages
of a worn book
turned by a zephyr. 

With the grace of a butterfly —
leaves flutter in place —
as a tree inches closer to the sun.

Braving the storm —
amid the heated exchange
of lightning, wind & rain —
a crow flies by
with ice in its veins. 

A streak of glitter
sparkling across the gray sky
from your flower to mine

The guttural rumblings
of a tempestuous sky —
a black caldron stirred
by lightning bolts —
boiling over with rain. 

Trees sway with presence of mind —
their conscious canopies conjuring clouds —
as I sit in the shade of a thought. 


About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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42 Responses to In the shade of a thought

  1. Sherry Felix says:

    I really love this one.

  2. Arati says:

    I find this piece beautiful and moving in how I sense your presence within the details of images and sounds in the environment that surrounds you.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed my poem 🙂 Nature is my muse and wellspring of inspiration! Have a wonderful day & keep up the great work with your blog 🙂

      • Arati says:

        Thank you Tyler for your kind response and for following my work.
        Wishing you a wonderfully inspiring day.

  3. Ms. Vee says:

    This is such a wonderful thought. Beautiful Tyler!

  4. A Plus Attitude says:

    Reblogged this on A Plus Attitudes and commented:
    Fabulous poem. Really captures the essence of summer!

  5. Wonderfully amazing.

  6. jennannsd says:

    this is beautiful poetry. just lovely.

  7. Lisa Gordon says:

    What a wonderful poem this is.

  8. Love the swinging plums.

    The poem is great as is, but I wonder if, just for fun, you might also try the last line this way: “The friction of ticking time.” Forgive me for meddling; as a fellow poet, I just can’t help trying to imagine all the possibilities. 😉

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I certainly appreciate the feedback. I agree, your change would strengthen the poem, especially ending with the alliteration. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! Keep up the great work on your blog 🙂

  9. Jan Schaper says:

    My favorite section describes the birch bark — one of my favorite trees.

  10. Elizabeth Helmich says:

    Perfect contemplation. Brilliant. ❤

    • Thank you kindly, Elizabeth 🙂 As much as I love writing poetry, I crave the contemplative quietness that Nature affords. No words spoken or the echoing clamor of society to disrupt the moment. And to just stand under a giant tree or wade hip-deep into a stream, listening to the rustle of leaves and the rhythmic rush of water, that is poetry in motion…free of human manipulation…just a pure and simple happening. You can close your eyes and become a part of the flow, detached from your worries and cares, ambling aimlessly down a stream of collective consciousness. Anyway, sorry to ramble on, but this is how Nature makes me feel 🙂 Wishing you all the best in the week ahead, my friend!

      • Elizabeth Helmich says:

        Hi Tyler, I agree wholeheartedly, which is probably why I resonate so strongly with your poetry. Nature is my happy place, and most contemplative place as well.
        Though I don’t have your skills, I always have my camera, and I continue to try to capture those amazing essences we get to witness out there.
        For me, I tend to weave more of my own story or emotional states into my tales of nature. I love your details, and of course the lovely flow of your style. Xx ❤

      • Thank you so much, Elizabeth! Your poetry & photography is inspiring and you should be very proud of your blog 🙂 We all have our own stories to share with the world, each one beautiful & unique, weaving its way into the creative continuum of the universe. Have a lovely weekend, my friend!
        Tyler 🙂

      • Elizabeth Helmich says:

        Thanks Tyler. I’m learning, and having a good time, so right now I think that’s what matters! Hugs to you. Have a good week.

  11. This evoked the most beautiful and peaceful imagery. I love how you tied in the different animals and the last line was simply perfect. Well done!

  12. This is so beautiful! Your detail is incredible. It’s the perfect amount- some over-do it and some don’t try at all! Cannot wait to see more from you in the future 🙂

    • Thank you kindly, Hannah! I’m so glad you enjoyed my poem 🙂 Nature is my muse and wellspring of inspiration! I give all the credit to Mother Earth…she provides a plethora of beautiful moments everyday & I am fortunate to capture some of them. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend!
      Tyler 🙂

  13. elmdriveimages says:

    Thanks for the like on my, Muffin, Suspect.

  14. jimtown says:

    What a lovely day this conjures up in my mind. Most excellent.

  15. youniverse says:

    YOU gave life to nature through your thoughtful words! BEAUTIFUL!💙

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